Reflections on the meeting by Adrian Evans, Thames Festival Trust, London
It was fascinating to learn more about this initiative to develop ‘environmentally friendly’ tourism offers in Venice’s lagoon area. Equally, understanding more about the negative impact of cruise ship tourism was enlightening. Since much of the debate was in Italian, with no simultaneous translation facilities, it was difficult for the non-Italian speakers’ side to follow the full course of the discussions. Presentations were given by River//City representatives from Munich, London and Czech Republic. Undoubtedly, hearing about the partnership-driven models of some of the River//Cities festivals was a positive perspective for the local lagoon political and residential interests.